Week in Research: Huawei and Alcatel vie for lead in optical networking sector

Here are some of the interesting research reports released in the past week:

  • IP/MPLS Infrastructure: Synergy Research this week released "Q1 2010 Carrier Infrastructure (CE, IP, MPLS) market shares," an annual report detailing market growth among the top worldwide infrastructure providers. Overall, the infrastructure market grew 27 percent over Q1 2009. Cisco topped the rankings with a quarter-to-quarter points increase of 7.26. News release.
  • Optical Networking: Infonetics Research's "Optical Network Hardware" forecast report, released Monday, sees Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei racing neck-and-neck for lead position in this industry. They've been within two market share points of each other for six straight quarters. News release.
  • Latin America: Latin America is seeing more attention lately, and two reports highlighted this week follow that trend. Research and Markets' report on the region's Unified Communications solutions market noted that while 2008 held high expectations, 2009 growth didn't quite hit the mark. Details here. Still, Latin America's cable broadband market had a record first quarter in 2010, with operators purchasing 330 percent more CMTS ports than they did in 4Q 09. Worldwide CMTS and edge QAM revenue increased 13 percent, to $416 million, in the same period. News release. By the way, don't miss our eBook, Latin America's Next Generation Networks, available now.
  • OSS/BSS: Meantime in France, where Management World Nice 2010 is going on, BSS/OSS vendor Amdocs (NYSE: DOX) in conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is trying to soothe service providers' fears of becoming a "dumb pipe" in data delivery. Saying the threat is "vastly overstated," the report outlines five strategies for service providers for the "emerging connected world." News release.